Individuals who have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the last fourteen days should be tested for the active virus by taking the swab test. Patients who have previously shown symptoms of COVID-19 in recent months or have not shown symptoms at all should take the antibody test to detect past infection.
When Should I Get Tested?
Depending on the test ordered, you will need to be different criteria to be tested.
Diagnostic NAA testing can be performed on patients who are currently showing symptoms of the virus. Swab testing can only detect the active virus.
Antibody testing can be performed on patients who have been asymptomatic for at least fourteen days, or have had at least fourteen days passed since their previous positive swab test.
What’s The Difference Between The Tests?
There are distinct differences between the tests. NAA testing is performed by taking a gentle swab of the lower nasal cavity and can be completed in only a few moments. Results are available in 1-3 days. Antibody testing requires a blood draw and can be completed in five to ten minutes. Results are processed in our on-site lab and are available in 2-4 days depending on lab capacity.
Why Should I Get Tested?
Testing, even for those who have not exhibited symptoms of the virus, can help local and state governments maintain accurate numbers when it comes to people who have been exposed to or infected with the virus. Antibody testing, even when the patient has not exhibited symptoms of infection, can be used to detect a past infection with COVID-19 by detecting the presence of antibodies, an immune response to the virus.
How Can I Get Tested?
All patients who get tested for COVID-19 at AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham must first have a screening with our center. Our physicians will be able to go over your symptoms and determine which test will best fit your needs.
COVID-19 Diagnostic Swab & Antibody Testing in Cheltenham & Cheltenham, PA
If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19 to clear for travel, return to work or learn if you have been exposed, schedule a visit with AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today. For questions, please call (215) 935-6777.
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.